Light Balance

Big Bird

Wiggle Table

Some words from Tom….

My work begins with a fascination that drives me into an obsessive exploration of making. I start working with sketch models, and begin forming quick and playful structures to try and explore and make sense of these ideas. Researching existing systems, materials and their capabilities. The ‘Light Balance’ for example, began with an idea that the wasted heat from a light bulb could physically move the weight of a person. The resulting structure to achieve this was a delicately balanced twelve meter arm, made of a chain of materials starting with steel where the person sits, followed by alluminium, bamboo and ending with a tissue paper sail to capture the bulb’s heat. The notion that I can take a seemingly imperceivable force and amplify it to create a powerful effect, helps me to turn pre-conceived ideas about objects upside down, and inspire the viewer to re-evaluate their space and what is happening around them. I like to make objects which are almost at breaking point, to demonstrate the tension in what we perceive to be stability. I like them to be approachable and if possible touched or interacted with. I like that these interactions can help to allow my structures to take on another life, as they become a part of the viewer’s own thought process. By revealing the inner workings of the pieces and the way they are constructed, I hope to enable the viewer to experience the exploration of making that has occurred, allowing the viewer to make their own connections.